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There are so many good episodes of The Vampire Diaries, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "The Departed" the best, or is "Graduation" your favorite episode of The Vampire Diaries? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of The Vampire Diaries are, let's rank every Vampire Diaries episode from best to worst.

Starring Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder, The Vampire Diaries on CW was a supernatural drama based on the L.J. Smith book series of the same name. The series takes place in Mystic Falls, Virginia, a historically supernatural town where the vampires Stefan Salvatore (Wesley) and Damon Salvatore (Somerhalder) work to protect its residents, including their love Elena Gilbert (Dobrev). Mythology is revealed through flashbacks. The Vampire Diaries premiered on September 10, 2009 and concluded after eight seasons on March 10, 2017.

Vote up your favorite episodes of The Vampire Diaries, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Vampire Diaries episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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I Was Feeling Epic is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 8 Episode 16: With the fate of Mystic Falls at stake, Stefan and Damon must fight their greatest enemy for one last battle.

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29 5
The Departed is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 3 Episode 22: In the third season finale, determined to protect his sister, Jeremy makes a decision that will change everything. Bonnie makes a secret deal that has heartbreaking consequences.

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20 4
As I Lay Dying is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 2 Episode 22: In the season finale, more than one life hangs in the balance as the consequences of the sacrifice ritual play out to a horrifying conclusion.

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Graduation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 4 Episode 23: Season finale: It's Graduation Day. Damon's life is in danger and Elena faces an epic confrontation. Plus, Stefan discovers a horrifying clue to the mystery surrounding Silas.

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20 4
Heart of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 3 Episode 19: Caroline is thrilled when Tyler returns to town, but Tyler soon suspects that something has been going on between Caroline and Klaus. Matt tries to keep Rebecca (CLAIRE HOLT) busy.

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I'm Thinking Of You All Th... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 6 Episode 22: Season finale: Things take a dramatic turn when an uninvited guest shows up, leaving Elena in terrible jeopardy. Damon is forced to make the most difficult decision of his life.

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The Reckoning is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 3 Episode 5: Caroline is determined to see that Elena, Bonnie, Matt and Tyler all enjoy a traditional Senior Prank Night before the school year begins ... but the evening takes a deadly turn.

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Masquerade is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 2 Episode 7: Stefan and Damon decide on a new plan to deal with Katherine at the Lockwood's masquerade ball. Things take an ugly turn when Matt and Tyler start doing shots with their friends.

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17 4
My Brother's Keeper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 4 Episode 7: At the annual Miss Mystic Falls Pageant, Elena and Caroline give April (GRACE PHIPPS) advice, while Tyler and Hayley (PHOEBE TONKIN) work together on a secret project.

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17 4
The Birthday is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 3 Episode 1: In the third season premiere, it's Elena's 18th birthday. As she searches for clues to locate Stefan, Damon tries to keep her from doing anything that might draw Klaus's attention.

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Memorial is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 4 Episode 2: Stefan and Damon argue about what is best for Elena. Jeremy and Matt are surprised to see a girl they used to know, April (GRACE PHIPPS), enrolling at Mystic Falls High.

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Ordinary People is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 3 Episode 8: Elena and Rebekah (CLAIRE HOLT) engage in a power struggle, until Rebekah finally reveals some of her family's ancient secrets and the violent past she shares with Klaus.

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11 2
500 Years of Solitude is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 5 Episode 11: Stefan lets Elena, Caroline and Bonnie know that Katherine's health has taken a turn for the worse, while Damon, Matt and Jeremy discuss some of Katherine's most notorious moments.

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12 3
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 4 Episode 22: Someone has been attacking patients at the hospital. A violent wind storm causes a power outage and ghosts suddenly appear - some with good intentions and some bent on revenge.

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12 3
Founder's Day is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 1 Episode 22: In the season finale, Damon and Alaric try to stop John Gilbert (DAVID ANDERS) from setting a plan in motion to bring Founder's Day to an end amid chaos, destruction and death.

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12 3
The Sun Also Rises is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 2 Episode 21: As the full moon arrives, Elena prepares for whatever Klaus (JOSEPH MORGAN) has planned and Tyler faces his second transformation. The terrifying events spin out of control.

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12 3
Stand By Me is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 4 Episode 15: Damon and Rebekah (CLAIRE HOLT) learn an unexpected bit of recent history from Vaughn (CHARLIE BEWLEY). Bonnie reveals the rest of Shane's (DAVID ALPAY) plan.

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12 3
I'll Wed You In The Golden... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 6 Episode 21: It's Alaric and Jo's (JODI LYN O'KEEFE) wedding day. After uncovering major news Damon has been keeping from him, Stefan gives his brother some perspective on a future with Elena.

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Home is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 5 Episode 22: In the season finale, Damon's plan causes a huge explosion in Mystic Falls, and everyone is caught up in the confusion, leaving a trail of heroism, sacrifice, relief and despair.

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14 5
Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 3 Episode 9: On the night of the Homecoming dance, Rebekah (CLAIRE HOLT) tells Elena why the evening is so important to her, leaving Elena with conflicting emotions. MY MORNING JACKET performs.

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15 6
Rose is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 2 Episode 8: Stefan and Damon come to Elena's assistance and, in the process, learn surprising new information. Jeremy helps Bonnie after she casts a difficult and exhausting spell.

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Bringing Out the Dead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 3 Episode 13: Sheriff Forbes (MARGUERITE MacINTYRE) delivers disturbing news to Alaric and Elena about a recent murder weapon, and Caroline is heartbroken when unable to stop a tragedy unfold.

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9 1
Gone Girl is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 5 Episode 15: Nadia (OLGA FONDA) remembers her search for Katherine. Damon seeks revenge. Bonnie learns of a terrifying secret that will threaten the lives of all her friends.

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10 2
Katerina is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 2 Episode 9: Elena puts herself in a dangerous position searching for the truth about Katherine's past. Jeremy and Bonnie meet a new student (BRYTON JAMES) with a surprising family history.

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10 2
Ghost World is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 3 Episode 7: Preparing to celebrate the traditional Illumination Night, Mystic Falls is invaded by spirits. After a violent encounter with an angry spirit, Damon asks Bonnie for help.

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10 2
Do Not Go Gentle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 3 Episode 20: The 1920s Decade Dance takes a deadly turn when Damon and Stefan realize they need the help of Matt, Jeremy and Bonnie to undo a spell that could be devastating for everyone.

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10 2
Before Sunset is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 3 Episode 21: Klaus acts on his intentions to leave town with Elena, but finds resistance from a surprising new enemy. Damon and Stefan have a surprisingly candid conversation about the future.

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10 2
Moonlight on the Bayou is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 7 Episode 14: In New Orleans, Stefan comes face to face with Klaus Mikaelson (JOSEPH MORGAN - The Originals), who soon becomes suspicious of his old friend's unexpected arrival in his city.

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11 3
The Last Dance is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 2 Episode 18: Elena receives disturbing messages from Klaus. Expecting him to show up at the "1960s Decade Dance," Damon and Alaric attend as chaperones, but Klaus is playing a complicated game.

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11 3
Hell is Other People is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 7 Episode 10: Trapped inside the Phoenix stone, Damon is tormented by a traumatic experience from his time in the Civil War and forced to face his darkest demon in order to get out.

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Growing Pains is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 4 Episode 1: In the fourth season premiere, Elena awakens after the accident to find the thing she dreaded most has come true. Damon is furious with Stefan, and takes out his rage on Matt.

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It's Been a Hell of a Ride is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 8 Episode 14: Damon and Stefan join forces against Cade to save Elena’s casket and Caroline and Alaric deal with their daughter’s burgeoning magical powers.

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9 2
Let Her Go is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 6 Episode 15: Elena spends a day with Caroline and grows concerned when she starts noticing a strange change in Caroline's behavior. Damon revisits painful memories involving his own mother.

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10 3
Let The Right One In is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 1 Episode 17: Stefan is forced to make a frightening decision. Matt is hopeful that his mom, Kelly (MELINDA CLARKE), will stay. And, after Caroline's car breaks down in a storm, she makes a horrific discovery that shocks everyone in town.

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7 1
Kill or Be Killed is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 2 Episode 5: Tyler learns more about the Lockwood family curse from Mason (TAYLOR KINNEY) and Sheriff Lockwood (MARGUERITE MacINTYRE) receives startling information.

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7 1
By the Light of the Moon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 2 Episode 11: As the full moon nears, Caroline helps Tyler prepare for transformation. Damon and Alaric are suspicious when a stranger named Jules (MICHAELA McMANUS) shows up looking for Mason.

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7 1
American Gothic is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 4 Episode 18: While in a small town in Pennsylvania with Rebekah (CLAIRE HOLT), Elena has a surprising encounter with Elijah (DANIEL GILLIES). Klaus receives Caroline's reluctant help.

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The Hybrid is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 3 Episode 2: Damon and Alaric reluctantly go along with Elena's new strategy to find Stefan, leading Damon into a dangerous fight with an unexpected enemy.

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8 2
Dangerous Liasons is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 3 Episode 14: Elena is invited to a formal ball at Klaus' mansion and learns of a horrifying plan that could lead to numerous deaths. Who can she trust with her new information?

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9 3
The End Of The Affair is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 3 Episode 3: Stefan is reunited with a vampire (CLAIRE HOLT), from decades earlier. In a flashback to the 1920s, Stefan comes face to face with a shocking chapter from his wild past.

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9 3
Nostalgia's a Bitch is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 8 Episode 10: Sybil enacts revenge on Damon by putting him in a catatonic state and Caroline and Bonnie enter Damon’s mind where they discover Stefan is the key to Damon’s fate.

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8 3
Smells Like Teen Spirit is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 3 Episode 6: On the first day of their senior year, Elena, Caroline, Bonnie and Matt still reel from recent events. Meanwhile, Stefan continues to carry out his latest assignment from Klaus.

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The New Deal is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 3 Episode 10: Klaus turns to violence to convince Damon and Elena that no one will be safe until he finds Stefan and gets his family back. Tyler faces consequences of his actions as a hybrid.

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The Five is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 4 Episode 4: At a fraternity costume party, Damon gives Elena a lesson in choosing a victim. Klaus reveals an encounter with a group of vampire hunters - flashing back to 12th century Italy.

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7 2
Promised Land is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 5 Episode 21: While Bonnie searches for a way to stop Markos (RAFFI BARSOUMIAN), Caroline is witness to an unthinkable act of violence. Stefan talks to Elena about her relationship with Damon.

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8 3
Down the Rabbit Hole is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 4 Episode 14: Damon has an ugly run-in with a Hunter, Vaughn (CHARLIE BEWLEY - The Twilight Saga), and realizes he is one of the Five. Stefan admits his feelings about possibly becoming human.

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8 3
The Murder of One is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 3 Episode 18: Stefan's emotional turmoil leads him to a dangerous confrontation with Klaus and, later, to a heartbreaking moment with Elena. CLAIRE HOLT and CASPER ZAFER guest star.

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7 2
Fool Me Once is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 1 Episode 14: Jeremy asks Anna (MALESE JOW) to a party in the woods. Stefan, Damon and Elena work with Bonnie and Grams (JASMINE GUY) to open the tomb, and are shocked by what they discover.

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8 3
O Come, All Ye Faithful is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 4 Episode 9: It's a winter wonderland in Mystic Falls. Plus, Professor Shane (DAVID ALPAY) reveals a piece of ancient history that leaves everyone speechless.

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10 6
You Made a Choice to be Good is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of The Vampire Diaries
Season 8 Episode 11: Cade returns to Mystic Falls and presents Damon and Stefan with additional assignments, and Caroline and Matt protect the town’s residents from Cade’s appetite for their souls.